Siphon Creek fire grows to over 41,000 hectares

The B.C. Wildfire Service has released this photo of the Siphon Creek fire on May 6, 2016.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Siphon Creek fire has grown to over 41,000 hectares in sizes.

The B.C. Wildfire Service says the perimeter of the fire has grown due to better mapping and strong wind gusts on Saturday and Friday. 

On the B.C. side of the border the fire is 29,625 hectares in size and in Alberta the fire is now 11,775.

Crews will continue to build containment lines and conduct fuel burns where possible.

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  • 81 firefighters
  • 12 helicopters
  • 12 heavy equipment

An evacuation alert and order remains in place on the B.C. side of the border and in Alberta there is now a voluntary evacuation alert in Clear Hills County.

The following area remains under an evacuation order in B.C.

  • 256 Road between 221 Road and 211 Road
  • 221 Road just north of the 252 Road
  • 211 Road just north of the 252 Road
  • Alberta border from just north of the 252 Road, to approximately 40 km north along the Alberta border, then southwest to just north of the 256 Road, then south to just north of the 252 Road and then east to the Alberta border.

The Province of Alberta late Saturday issued a voluntary evacuation alert for the Clear Prairie area west of Range Road 100.  The evacuation preparedness alert remains in effect for other areas north of Highway 64 and west of secondary Highway 726.

Click here for a map of the area under a voluntary evacuation alert.

The following area remains under an evacuation alert in B.C.

  • North from intersection of 248 Road and Siphon Creek Road
  • North following Siphon Creek Road to the intersection with the 268 Road
  • Directly North from the 268 Road to just north of the Doig River, east for approximately 7 km, north
  • for 4 km, west for 7 km and then north for 22 kms
  • Directly East to the British Columbia and Alberta Border
  • South along the border for 13 km
  • South West to the intersection of 256 Road and 221 Road
  • South for 4.9 km then east to the British Columbia and Alberta Border
  • South along the border to the Cecil Lake Road
  • West following the Cecil Lake Road

Here is a map that shows the area under an evacuation alert and an evacuation order.

A map of the Siphon Creek evacuation alert and order.
A map of the Siphon Creek evacuation alert and order.

Here is a map that shows the approximate location of the fire.

Approximate location of the Siphon Creek fire May 7, 2016.
Approximate location of the Siphon Creek fire May 7, 2016.